Today I give you a poem from Antoine de Saint-Exupery. I adore his book The Little Prince. That book and the Bible are the only two books I have owned in three different languages. In both his book and this poem Saint-Exupery speaks of the importance of rituals, not for ritual's sake, but in "taming" a person to friendship and in transmitting meaning to our children. I thought it would be a nice choice this week since Passover and Holy Week have begun, both times of meaningful ritual if one observes and takes time to consider why they engage in certain activities. If you are not observant of either tradition I'm sure you may have some other meaningful rituals you observe in life as you go along your way. Please take a moment to read and then share with me what it is you do to pass along to the next generation the things that make life rich or build connections and community. If you can't think of any I challenge you to consider what peaceful rituals you may establish to accomplish connections and community.
Generation to Generation
In a house which becomes a home,
one hands down and another takes up
the heritage of mind and heart,
laughter and tears, musings and deeds.
Love, like a carefully loaded ship,
crosses the gulf between the generations.
Therefore, we do not neglect the ceremonies
of our passage: when we wed, when we die,
and when we are blessed with a child;
When we depart and when we return;
When we plant and when we harvest.
Let us bring up our children. It is not
the place of some official to hand to them
If others impart to our children our knowledge
and ideals, they will lose all of us that is
wordless and full of wonder.
Let us build memories in our children,
lest they drag out joyless lives,
lest they allow treasures to be lost because
they have not been given the keys.
We live, not by things, but by the meanings
of things. It is needful to transmit the passwords
from generation to generation.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery